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Genesis Prject - Australian and Chinese surgeons are coming together
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Australian and Chinese surgeons are coming together in Shanghai. 9th Peoples Hospital to launch the Genesis Project, a 3 year pioneer program of training, research and surgery to advance Chinese expertise in treating and correcting craniofacial deformities.
For the first time, almost 100 surgeons from around China will receive specialist training from a team of experts from the Australian based Craniofacial Institute. This initial visit, from 18 January to 28 January will include demonstration surgery in Nanjing and workshops in the Shanghai 9th Peoples Hospital. Further visits over the next 3 years will reinforce training and the development of multidisciplinary Chinese surgical teams.

The need for expertise in craniofacial surgery is very high in China. More than 100,000 children are born each year with facial or skull deformities which require surgical correction. Despite this, there are currently just two centers in China to deal with the large case-load. Left untreated, the children are shunned by society and in many cases cannot eat, speak or hear properly. Some die before reaching adolescence.

The Genesis Project will help set the foundation for establishing sustainable, high quality craniofacial surgery centers in China which are managed by Chinese surgeons.

Craniofacial Australia's head surgeon Professor David David, is enthusiastic about the prospects of the 3 year program in China: This first visit will establish a cooperative partnership for the transfer of latest technologies, operating techniques and an exchange of research results. It will be the forerunner of international cooperation in the craniofacial medical field between China and Australia - he said.

"We take on this 3 year project with the hope that Shanghai can become a Centre for Craniofacial Excellence in China, leading craniofacial research, surgery and education" added Professor Mu, the Shanghai 9th Peoples Hospital's head craniofacial doctor.

Since 1975, Craniofacial Australia's surgical unit, under the initiative of Professor David, has trained doctors and treated patients throughout Australia and Asia. All medical staff visiting China from the Craniofacial Institute in Australia will be volunteering their time and expertise unpaid.

The Genesis Project is made possible by funding provided by AustCham Shanghai. AustCham is able to fund programs such as this due to the events conducted for and on behalf of its members. While primarily a business oriented Chamber of Commerce, there is a strong community focus among the members who want to give something back to the community in which they live.

The principal fundraising activity is the annual Great Australian Ball which is strongly supported by sponsors from AustCham Shanghai member companies. Major sponsors include Space Frame, Qantas, Elders, Rendezvous Hotels, BlueScope Steel, Which Property and Revlon. Many other companies have also made generous donations.

Genesis Project is a 3 year program which aims to set the foundations for establishing sustainable, high quality craniofacial surgery centers in China operated and run by Chinese surgeons. Craniofacial Australia in partnership with the Shanghai 9th Hospital hopes to achieve this by providing training and demonstration surgeries to Chinese surgeons. The Genesis Project is funded by AustCham Shanghai on behalf of their member companies through donations and sponsored events.

Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital-formerly called Bethel Hospital- was established in 1920. It has since developed into a comprehensive medical institution featuring stomatology, plastic surgery and orthopedics. The hospital also undertakes teaching and research as well as providing medical treatment.

The hospital houses 855 beds and 170 chairs for stomatological treatment. The hospital also boasts 3 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineers: Professor Zhang Do-sheng, Professor Qiu Wei-liu and Professor Dai Ker-rong.

The hospital is also education base for the School of Stomatology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and School of Jiuyuan clinical medicine. In the past decade, the hospital has made brilliant achievements in clinics, education and scientific research acquiring a good reputation both at home and abroad.

Shanghai is a modern networking organisation. AustCham Shanghai works on behalf of 290 members including 240 corporate members represented by 1,000+ nominated representatives. Operating on a non-partisan, non-profit-making basis, the Chamber is funded by membership subscriptions, sponsorship and events. It annually makes a significant donation to a variety of PRC community activities.

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